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Posted on: 04-24-2010

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    Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom
assisted on each other's goals just 1:10
apart and Henrik Zetterberg added an
empty-netter as the Red Wings snapped
a 1-all/3rd-Per tie to post a 4-1 late
Friday night win in suburban Phoenix.
    By winning the pivotal Gm-5 of the
opening round NHL playoff series the
Red Wings lead the set for the first time
at 3-2 and have two chances to end it
starting with Sunday's Gm-6 matinee
back at The Joe.
    Phoenix had taken momentum by
outshooting Detroit 14-4 in the middle period when the Coyotes tied the contest
on a rebound goal by Ed Jovanovski (#1) off Adrian Aucoin's one-timer at 9:45/2.
    Then, 4:54 into the 3rd-Per, Wings goalkeeper Jimmy Howard kept the
game deadlocked when he made a pair of saves on Martin Hanzal of the D-Dogs.
Hanzal raced out of the penalty box to go on a speed rush and Howard made both
the initial and the rebound saves.
    An offensive zone faceoff win would put Detroit on top to stay at 11:09/3.
Datsyuk drew back to Nick Lidstrom at the left point, the Detroit Capt. fired and
the puck hit off Holmstrom's jersey. Back on the top forward line after a Gm-4
demotion to the fourth line, Holmstrom (#2) twice backhand swatted when the puck
dropped down from his gear and the second time the disc crossed the goalline past
Coyotes netminder Ilya Bryzgalov.
    Moments later Detroit had a two goal bulge at 12:19/3. Holmstrom and Johan
Franzen battled to work the puck out of the left corner and found Datsyuk uncovered.
Datsyuk (#3) skated laterally in front of the blue ice and backhanded above Bryzgalov
just underneath the crossbar.
    Solid forechecking by Valtteri Filppula got a Phoenix zone turnover after Bryzgalov
had departed for an extra attacker to give Zetterberg the clinching goal. Filppula
got the puck to Zetterberg (#6), who backhanded from a severe angle into the empty
net with 55.5-sec left.
    Way back in the first period, Detroit had taken a 1-0 lead on a wraparound goal
by Drew Miller (#1) at 17:04/1. Phoenix claimed the goal was kicked into the net and
replays showed indeed it was...off the left skate of Coyotes backchecker Vernon
Fiddler, who was shoved into the crease by Detroit's Justin Abdelkader.
    Phoenix activated former Red Wing Mathieu Schneider in an attempt to energize
its Gm-5 power play, but the Coyotes went 0-for-5 and are now 0-for-19 with the
extra man since getting three PPG in their Gm-1 win.
    Phoenix outshot Detroit 31-29 in Gm-5 with Howard keeping his team in it in
the 2nd-Per and early in the third.

RED WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK:   "Every game in the series has been like this
[hard fought]...I thought we played a lot better...Timely goals...Howie's save in
particular [on Hanzel] allowed us to stay in the game...Now he has his confidence
back [from a Gm-3 slump]."  

RED WINGS CEN PAVEL DATSYUK:   "We're happy we scored...I just shoot what
[chance] I had, it went off post."  

RED WINGS L-WING TOMAS HOLMSTROM:   "It hit me and stuck in my arm and I had
to [swing his stick] a couple of times to get it in...It was a tight game all the way to
the end...We gotta be sharp right from the start [in Gm-6 on Sunday]."

RED WINGS GOALIE JIMMY HOWARD:   "The two on Hanzel [were big saves]...I just
wanted to make sure I didn't give him anything [on the] short side."    

RED WINGS L-WING DREW MILLER:   "Bryzgalov got a good save on me early in that
shift, so it's good to get that goal...Just try to get the puck on net. Me or Abby was
going to score."


    The Red Wings are 10-1 all-time in playoff contests where both Datsyuk and
Zetterberg score a goal.
    The Red Wings have outscored Phoenix 9-4 in the third period of this series.
    Former Red Wing CEN Robert Lang was a healthy scratch in order to put Schneider
into the Coyotes lineup.
    Phoenix Capt. Shane Doan sat out a second consecutive game with a right shoulder
    The last time Detroit won a road playoff game five in a series that was tied 2-2 was
back in 1966 vs the Black Hawks. The Wings beat Chicago in that year's semis before
losing the Stanley Cup Finals to Montreal.


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